Albion Campus Retreat

Albion State Normal School History   |   Miller Hall Renovation

Albion Normal School

Albion State Normal School was established by the Idaho State Legislator in 1893. The citizens of Albion actively lobbied the schools establishment, and donated the land and labor for the new campus. The school offered a two year teacher training program until 1947, when it was renamed Southern Idaho College of Education (SICE) and awarded baccalaureate degrees. The school remained troubled by low income and lack of funding and finely closed by the state in 1951. During its existence Albion State Normal School awarded approximately 6,460 degrees. The campus remained vacant until 1957, when the Magic Valley Christian College opened at the site, and later closed in 1969. The beautiful historic campus was locked and boarded up until the City of Albion auctioned it off in 2007 when the Mortensen family purchased it with plans for a retreat.

Albion Normal School
Albion Normal School history

Swanger Hall
Built 1895 Burned Down 1947

Albion Normal School history

Bocock Hall Theater
Once Seated 700

Albion Normal School history

Axline Gymnasium
Built 1910

Albion Normal School history

Axline Gymnasium

Albion Normal School history

Axline Gymnasium
Built 1910

Albion Normal School history

Comish Hall Cafeteria
Built 1918

Albion Normal School history

Library in Bocock Hall

Albion Normal School history

Albion Normal School history

Apartment in Miller Hall

Albion Normal School history

Sinks in Comish Hall

Albion Normal School history

Albion Normal School history

Albion Normal School history

First Building 1893